How do I find my IP address? Everyone knows there’s magic behind those numbers… right?
Your IP address is the gateway to your online persona. A customized number that your ISP assigns to you, and one you can share.
Ok, so maybe it’s not that glamorous, but finding your IP address is not that hard either. In fact, if you’ve got a computer and an internet connection, there are just three easy steps to find your own. And don’t be afraid to fire up a search engine by our instructions, we’ll walk you through them one by one.
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What Is An IP Address?
An IP address is a unique identifier that’s used to identify devices on the internet. Each device has its own IP address, which allows you to connect to it and send data over the internet. In most cases, this information is stored in your router or modem—but if you’re looking for more specific details about how an IP address works (and why we need one), keep reading!
The first part of any networked computer’s address is called its network address and identifies where that computer sits within an entire network of computers (or “subnets”). The second part of any given machine’s IP address identifies what type of device it is: whether it’s desktop computer or mobile phone; whether it has Wi-Fi enabled or not; etcetera.
Private IP Address
A private IP address is a unique identifier that your computer or device uses to communicate with the internet. It’s different from the public IP address you see in our example, which is assigned to all of them. The private IP addresses are assigned only to one device at a time and aren’t routable on the Internet itself—meaning they can’t be used by anyone else besides their owner (or whoever has access).
Private IP addresses are often referred to as internal or intranet addresses because they’re used internally within organizations rather than externally like public ones would be.
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Public IP Address
Your public IP address is the one that is visible to other devices on the internet. This can be changed at any time, but it’s usually fixed for good once you’ve purchased your own private IP (see below).
If you’re using a VPN or proxy server to hide your real IP address from hackers, then this will also change it. In fact, if you don’t have a static public IP address and instead use dynamic DNS services like DynDNS or No-IP’s Anycast servers—or even just change your router settings from DHCP to static—then all bets are off because now there’s no telling what kind of random number generator will generate your new public address next!
Shared IP Address
If you want to share an IP address with other users, it’s one of the best solutions. You’ll be able to use one IP address and share that with other users who need access to your own network.
This can be useful for businesses that need to share one IP address with multiple clients or employees at once. It’s also great if you don’t want to pay for a dedicated server or plan because shared hosting doesn’t require much bandwidth by itself (and in some cases, less than what some dedicated servers cost).
Your IP address is tied to your internet connection.
Your IP address is the address of your internet connection, which is also known as a “router.” It’s used to identify you on the internet. For example, if I wanted to find out what my own IP address is, I’d go here and enter this information into the box:
This will give me an answer like this:
Your router and modem transmit your public IP address
Your router and modem transmit your public IP address. The router is the device that connects your home to the internet, while the modem is what connects you to it.
Your router will have a private IP address, which only it knows, so you can’t access anything on the internet using this number.
Your computer will use its own local network interface (LAN) address when communicating with other devices in your house or office—like other PCs on an Ethernet network, printers connected via USB ports or WiFi routers—and this is different from its Internet Protocol (IP) address because it’s specific to each device on that particular LAN segment only.
For example: If I am trying to connect my laptop directly into my router via an Ethernet cable but don’t want anyone else accessing my devices’ information online then I would change my settings so that all devices on this LAN segment would use their own unique private IP addresses instead of having them broadcast through everything connected simultaneously.
Your operating system has a local IP address.
Your operating system has a local IP address. This is the one that’s used to communicate with other computers on your local network, and it’s not visible to the internet. It’s usually assigned by your router or network device, and it might be a private or public IP address.
Local IP addresses are not globally unique—they’re assigned by organizations (like schools) within an area where there are many devices already connected together in some way; thus, no matter how many times you change computers or connect them via Ethernet cables from different locations around town, they’ll always have different addresses because their locations don’t affect their unique local numbers!
The internet needs two things to work: an IP address and a DNS server
If you want to connect to the internet, you need two things: an IP address and a DNS server.
IP addresses are assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and are necessary for devices on the internet to function correctly. The IP address of your computer can be found in two ways:
- Go to https://www.iplocation.net/find-ip-address and type in your device’s MAC address (this is basically its hardware identifier) into the box provided
- Type “ipconfig /all” into Command Prompt
Now that you know what an IP address is and how to find your own, you can get started with finding out more about the internet. There are many websites dedicated to helping people learn everything they need to know about their devices and the internet at large. Have fun learning!